Coronavirus Hits Six Cape May County Facilities


Cape May, NJ -  Six nursing homes and other facilities in Cape May County are reporting outbreaks of the coronavirus, some in double digits.  Although the numbers vary between County and State, at least one hundred residents and staff are affected.

22 Cases at Autumn Lake

Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oceanview has 22 COVID-19 cases, according to the NJ State Health Department. Autumn Lake is a 120-bed nursing home and assisted living facility on Route 9 in Dennis Township.

Cape May County reports one COVID-19 related death at a Dennis Township nursing home, but does not identify the home.

14 Deaths, 54 Cases at Victoria Manor

Deaths at Victoria Manor nursing home and rehab center now stand at 14.  The first death was reported there three weeks ago. Genesis Healthcare runs the 120-bed facility in Lower Township.

Genesis says a total of 54 people -  30 residents and 24 staff – have tested positive for COVID-19. Almost half of the residents who contracted the virus have died.


Woodbine Developmental Center

Woodbine Developmental Center, a state -run facility for men with developmental disabilities, is reporting COVID-19 cases for the first time. The center, with 280 residents, is set on a sprawling campus in the northern part of Cape May County. New Jersey’s most recent tally of nursing home infections attributes five cases to the center.

However, in its latest release, Cape May County lists 17 coronavirus infections at long-term care facilities in Woodbine. The County doesn’t name the institution or institutions.

The state will begin saliva testing for COVID-19 at the Woodbine Center and four other developmental centers as early as this week. Rutgers University created the virus detection procedure which could replace nose swabbing. All residents and staff at each state-run center will be tested.

Other Nursing Facilities with Infections

Three other Cape May County nursing homes and assisted living facilities have reported COVID-19 infections:

Genesis Court House Center in Cape May Court House – five cases.

North Cape May Center in Lower Township – three cases.

Victoria Commons in Lower Township – one case.

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County Coronavirus Cases Break 300

The latest numbers show COVID-19 cases are not leveling off yet in Cape May County. The county now has a total of 314 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths. That’s an increase of 100 cases in a little over a week.

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